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Rockies sign trio of players to minor-league contracts Thursday
by Brandon Wise |

The Rockies have signed left-handed pitcher John Lannan, right-handed pitcher Justin Miller and catcher Audry Perez to minor-league contracts. Each of the players also received an invitation to the team's spring training. 

Lannan made five appearances in 2014 with the Mets, going 1-0 with a 15.75 ERA. He was also a member of the Nationals from 2007-2012, where in 2009 he threw 206 1/3 innings, going 9-13.

Miller made eight appearances for the Tigers in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA with five strikeouts while Perez appeared in just one game last year with the Cardinals.

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Agent: Outfielder Delmon Young hoping to remain in Baltimore
by Brandon Wise |

Outfielder Delmon Young is reportedly not close to making a decision on where to play in 2015, but his agent said the Orioles "absolutely" remain in play, according to

The 29-year-old veteran is hoping to get a multi-year extension with the club, but is still keeping his options open, his agent said.

"Everything has been very positive," said Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, who met with the Orioles during the Winter Meetings in San Diego. "They value Delmon and realize what he brings to the table, and hopefully it's just a matter of getting it right."

Young hit .302 in 83 games, with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI.

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Jason Grilli's reps still talking to the Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb |

Free agent reliever Jason Grilli and the Yankees are still open to discussions about the veteran reliever being part of the team's bullpen, one of Grilli's agents told on Thursday.

"We last spoke during the (Winter Meetings) and the door is still open to discussions," said Xavier D. James, who co-represents Grilli with retired outfielder Gary Sheffield. "We will be patient."

The 12-year vet Grilli spent the 2014 season with the Pirates and Angels, going 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves in 62 appearances. He was an All-Star closer for the Pirates in 2013.

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Kris Medlen lands two-year deal with Royals
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Royals announced Thursday they signed pitcher Kris Medlen to a two-year contract, which includes a mutual option for 2017.

Medlen missed all of the 2014 season with the Braves due to Tommy John surgery. He became a free agent after he was non-tendered in early December. 

Medlen is 30-13 with a 2.96 ERA in 61 career starts and 4-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 91 relief appearances. Since the start of 2010, Medlen's .674 winning percentage (31-15) ranks third in MLB among pitchers with 40-plus decisions.

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Report: Dodgers trade for Phillies shortstop Rollins remains in place
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Dodgers acquisition of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has yet to be finalized because of another Dodgers trade with the Padres is being reportedly held up due to an issue with Matt Kemp's physical. One of the players in the Kemp deal the Dodgers are acquiring -- Zach Eflin -- is expected to be part of the trade for Rollins.

However, whether or not Eflin eventually is part of the trade with Philadelphia, the Rollins deal remains in place, sources told The Phillies and Dodgers have discussed other players as part of the deal in case the Kemp trade to the Padres doesn't go through.

Although, despite the issues with Kemp's physical, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the trade with the Padres likely won't be derailed.

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George Kottaras nets minor-league deal from White Sox
by Michael Hurcomb |

The White Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with catcher George Kottaras, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

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Report: Red Sox in 'active' trade talks regarding Allen Craig
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Red Sox are in "active" trade talks with at least one team regarding first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, sources told FOX Sports. Craig is said to be fully recovered from a left foot injury that has bothered him since 2013.

Craig had a down season in 2014, batting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. He really struggled with the Red Sox, batting .128 with one home run and two RBI in 29 games.

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A's acquire De La Rosa from D-Backs, DFA pitcher Rodriguez
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Athletics announced Thursday they acquired pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, pitcher Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 relief outings for Arizona in 2014, while Rodriguez was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven relief outings for Oakland.

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Issue with Matt Kemp's physical not expected to derail trade
by Michael Hurcomb |

While several sources said there is an issue with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp's physical, which is holding up a trade with the Padres, it isn't believed the issue will derail the deal, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

There is no evidence the Padres are trying to rework the trade. For now, it is believed the Padres people are studying the findings from Kemp's physical, with the likelihood that they'll go to insurers to see whether the issue or issues discovered can be reasonably insured.

USA Today reported Thursday Kemp's physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips.

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Report: Padres-Dodgers trade delayed following Kemp's physical
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Padres are mulling whether or not to finalize the trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA Today. The source spoke to USA Today on the condition of anonymity.

The Padres and Dodgers agreed to a trade last week that would send Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million to San Diego for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

However, after Kemp's physical Tuesday, Padres' physicians are now discussing whether the arthritis would impact his career.

If the Padres choose to void the trade, then it would impact the Dodgers' trade with the Phillies for shortstop Jimmy Rollins since the deal included Eflin.

While the USA Today report has surfaced, Kemp's agent -- Junior Spivey -- told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, "Everything is OK. We're just waiting on the final details. Should be good to go." Although, Spivey added he has not heard from the Padres since Kemp took his physical Tuesday.

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